Tuesday 28 September 2021 | Bhadarva Vad 7, Samvat 2077

Tue 28 Sep 2021

On 30 January 2006, Acharya Swamishree travelled to Kutch, where the disciples of the region were eagerly awaiting His darshan.

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On 30 January 2006, Acharya Swamishree travelled to Kutch, where the disciples of the region were eagerly awaiting His darshan.

On 31 January, Acharya Swamishree visited the site where the new building of Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Girls Arts and Commerce College is being built.

On behalf of Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan, the trustees presented awards to the students who have excelled in studies and other activities held by the college.

A two day festival was held in the village of Mankuva - new conurbation, to celebrate the 60th anniversary of when Jeevanpran Swamibapa performed the installation of the deity, Shree Kashth-bhanjan Hanumanji in the outskirts of the village.

On the first day of the festival, 1 February 2006, a procession was held from where Shree Hanumanji presides to the Temple in the centre of the village.

During His Divine blessings, Acharya Swamishree narrated the greatness of this particular Shree Hanumanji.

‘Jeevanpran Swamibapa installed Kasht-bhanjan Hanumanji in order to eliminate the miseries (Kasht) of all those who came for his darshan. Swamibapa instilled such divinity into this Hanumanji. By the prowess of Jeevanpran Swamibapa, this Hanumanji has been able to alleviate the distress of countless people, in the same way that the Hanumanji of Sarangpur, installed by Sadguru Shree Gopal Bapa, has removed the pain of numerous people.

The murti of Hanumanji is a symbol of humility and servitude unto the Lord. During the Lord’s forest expedition, Shree Hanumanji would present himself before the Lord and offer fruits and flowers to Him. And the murti of Shree Hanumanji installed in Vrushpur’s Chhatri, installed by Jeevanpran Bapashree, would become alive and make offerings to Bapashree. In this manner, Shree Hanumanji has pleased Lord Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa, in the same way that he pleased Shree Ram, stories of which are contained extensively in the previous scriptures.

The sentiments of servitude contained within Hanumanji provide an example for all disciples of the Lord to follow: remain strictly obedient to the five sacred vows and always be humble before all disciples; perform all acts of service for the Satsang; remain faithful unto the Lord, just as a chaste women remains resolute towards her husband.’

During the evening, Shree Mukatjeevan Kala Academy presented a program of devotional dance and music at the outskirts of the village. Thousands of people from all the neighbouring villages came to see the sants and disciples demonstrate their love and devotion unto the Lord.

The second day of the festival, 2 February 2006, was the day of Vasant Panchmi, the day when the merciful Lord Shree Swaminarayan presented the entire Satsang with His supreme rules of conduct, the Shikshapatri. The day also marks the start of the spring season.

During the morning, Acharya Swamishree and sants performed the recital of the Shikshapatri in the Temple. The symbolic ‘urn of spring’ was then ceremonially brought from the home of a disciple and presented before the Lord. According to tradition, popcorn, dates, sesame seeds, raisins etc. was offered to the Lord.

During the assembly, the conclusion ceremony of the scripture recitals was held, after which the trustees presented gifts to the young girls of Kutch who had written the most mantras, in celebration of Shree Muktajeevan Shatabdi.

During the afternoon, Acharya Swamishree performed the poojan of Lord Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa and Shree Hanumanji.